Two members of the Schuylkill County contingent in Harrisburg have signed a letter to US Attorney General William Barr urging him to investigate Gov. Tom Wolf’s unprecedented power grab during the Chinese virus pandemic.
State Sen. Dave Argall (R-29) and State Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-124) signed the letter addressed to Barr on April 29, RE: “Defending Constitutional Rights of Pennsylvanians”. They’re joined by 44 others in both the Pennsylvania Senate and House in signing the letter.
Argall, Knowles Sign Letter Urging AG Barr to Investigate Governor Tom Wolf
In it, the group urges Barr to “review the policies implemented by the administration of Governor Tom Wolf in Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 emergency.”
The letter goes on to spell out how these legislators believe Wolf has overstepped his bounds numerous ways since the beginning of the pandemic response.
“This unprecedented public health emergency has tested our Commonwealth’s resilience in many ways. But just as the emergency has tested the resilience of our citizens, so too has it tempted the authority of the Executive,” the letter states.
“Overbroad limitations on commerce have unduly paralyzed regions of Pennsylvania, the Second Amendment rights of citizens have been impacted, and many fear that their rights to worship will remain constrained. Certainly, we recognize the reasonableness of temporary restrictions to preserve public safety, but we also are vigilant in defending against the encroachment on inviolate constitutional rights,” it also states.
Barr Threatens Action Against Governors Who Go Too Far in Pandemic Response
Earlier this week, the mainstream news had its latest meltdown when Barr directed US Attorneys across the country to “be on the lookout” for gubernatorial orders that infringed on basic civil liberties, especially rights to free speech, religion and economic rights.
According to a report from The Washington Times, Barr wrote in a memo to the US Attorneys: “If a state or local ordinance crosses the line from an appropriate exercise of authority to stop the spread of COVID-19 into an overbearing infringement of constitutional and statutory protections, the Department of Justice may have an obligation to address that overreach in federal court.”
Barr made headlines with one specific line in the memo: “The Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis.”
Pennsylvania Letter to AG Barr
Here’s a look at the full letter sent to Barr on April 29:
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